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Talent to Watch Program


Project type
Feature-length film
Project stage
Emerging talent, Canadian film production companies 

Program overview

The Talent to Watch Program supports emerging filmmakers looking to finance the production stage of their first feature film project(s). 

The Talent to Watch Program has three streams: 

  • Industry Partner Stream: For projects that are recommended by a Designated Industry Partner. 
  • Festival Selection Stream: For emerging filmmakers who have directed a short film that was selected at a recognized film festival. 
  • Filmmaker Apply-Direct Stream: All Key Members of the Creative Team must be: 
    • Indigenous; 
    • Black; 
    • People of Colour; 
    • Women; 
    • Gender-diverse individuals; 
    • 2SLGBTQIA+ individuals; 
    • Persons with disabilities; and/or 
    • Members of an Official Language Minority Community

Who can apply

Canadian-controlled companies that: 

  • Operate as a film production company. 
  • Are owned and controlled by one or more members of key creative team of the project. 

Key members of the creative teams of all submitted projects must be emerging talent. 

Under the Industry Partner Stream, projects are submitted by Designated Partners. 

Information about the program


Please review the documents for full program and stream details, and eligibility criteria.

Key Dates

IT support is only available on business days until 5:00 pm EST

Key dates

The program is now closed.

Latest updates

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February 16, 2022

Upcoming webinar on March 1, 2022

Changes to the Talent to Watch Program Information Session.

Please consult the details to register to the webinar.

October 7, 2021

Updated guidelines and essential information guide

A new version of the Guidelines and the Essential Information Guide are now available.

Apply for funding

Please read our How to apply page for more information on the application process.

Applications must be submitted through Dialogue.

Application documents



Declarations and affidavits

Business policies

Past guidelines


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